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Siska kick starts career whilst still at school

The opportunity to get a head start whilst at school, and to work with children has excited the future dreams of Year 11 Broome Senior High School student, Siska Rollason, thanks to her school based traineeship with North Regional TAFE.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) course is offered to both Broome Senior High School and St Mary’s College students with study divided between block delivery at the Broome Campus and work placement at a local Early Childhood and Education Care facility.

“I love interacting with the children,” Siska says, “helping them learn while being part of a team.”

Through the course, she has opted to do her work placement three days a week after school with local childcare facility, Jalygur Guwan.

Siska started the course this year – 2017 – with the idea of gaining skills that would help her undertake a teaching career.

“I thought the course was a great way to learn skills and knowledge in the profession,” she says.

All students undertake five day blocks per term, one of those being in the workplace. While Siska has chosen to do her placement after school, some students have taken the option of working a full day once a week and others pick up extra work on the school holidays.

This is all negotiated when the student enters into a Training Contract with the employer and school at the beginning of the traineeship.

Lecturers Vicki Hyman and Liz Thomas deliver the qualification and also oversee the students in the workplace, visiting regularly to provide support, and mentoring them to further develop their skills in not only working with the children, but also with staff and families.

At TAFE Siska enjoys the relaxed environment in class and the ability to interact with fellow students, completing work on time without stress. As a school based trainee, students get to put their knowledge and skills into practice in the workforce, while also earning a wage.

Siska aims to complete her school based traineeship and WACE next year and then enrol into a Diploma, leading her forward on her pathway to becoming a teacher.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care offered by NRT is delivered over two years, giving students the chance to gain knowledge and skills to work effectively as an educator, supporting the development and wellbeing of children aged 0-5 years.

The Certificate III is the nationally regulated entry level qualification for working in early childhood settings.

Page last updated November 14, 2017